Congress could clear Shah nomination tonight
The Rajiv Shah nomination for USAID administrator could clear the Senate later today or tomorrow. Hill sources tell The Cable that the offices of Senate leaders Harry Reid, D-NV, and Mitch McConnell, R-KY, are working on an agreement to confirm Shah through unanimous consent. The action could come tonight but the Senate is also doing ...
The Rajiv Shah nomination for USAID administrator could clear the Senate later today or tomorrow. Hill sources tell The Cable that the offices of Senate leaders Harry Reid, D-NV, and Mitch McConnell, R-KY, are working on an agreement to confirm Shah through unanimous consent. The action could come tonight but the Senate is also doing business Saturday and Sunday as well.
Usually how these things work is that Reid’s office puts together a package of leftover business before any break and sends it around to see if there are any objections. If not, Reid announces the items during his “wrap up” soliloquy on the Senate floor and the items are agreed to without a formal vote.
In this case, sources said that McConnell’s office has no real objection to clearing the Shah nomination tonight, but that the details of the overall package of things in the agreement haven’t been signed off on by everybody. But the feeling is that this could get worked out before the Senate closes down in a few hours. Stay tuned…
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